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Ethan Senack
Ethan Senack is the federal Higher Education Associate for U.S. PIRG. He advocates in Washington, D.C., on behalf of students on college affordability and accessibility.

As a student, Mr. Senack organized on his college to run voter registration drives, advocate for increased state funding for higher education, and end the use of carcinogenic pesticides on campus. After graduation, he was a field organizer for a Congressional candidate and worked on several state and local election campaigns.

Mr. Senack is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he studied Political Science and Sociology.

Entries by Ethan Senack

In Support of Senator Warren and Student Loan Refinancing

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:13 PM

At $1.2 trillion (that's more than credit card or auto loan debt), student loan debt is one of the biggest issues of our day.

We know students and families across generations are struggling with their debt -- unable to afford their full payment, missing payments, or worse: dropping...

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Student Loans Got You Down? 5 Tips to Make Them More Affordable

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Dealing with students loans can be stressful -- even overwhelming. Here are a few tips to minimizing how much you pay and keeping your debt manageable.

If you're still taking out loans:

1. Max out federal loans before using any private loans.

Federal loans offer significantly more consumer-friendly terms than...

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Watchdogging Private Student Loan Companies

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 10:45 AM

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's public complaints database levels the playing field for private student loan borrowers -- giving aggrieved private student borrowers true negotiating strength in a financial marketplace that is tilted toward banks.

Student and consumer advocates knew this in theory when we supported the creation of...

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Student Loan Forgiveness: Available for Many, Used by Few

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 11:31 AM

A few weeks ago, I went on HuffPost Live to talk about current student loan forgiveness programs and the stunning lack of public knowledge about them.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a report showing that more than one-quarter of America's workforce -- more...

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Protect Student Consumers on Campus

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a "Banking on Campus Forum" to discuss financial products and services offered to college students on campuses across the country. The issue at hand: campus debit cards.

In recent years, we've seen a major spike in deals that allow financial service providers...

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Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:05 PM

It's that time of year again. Students and families are packing up their cars and heading off in pursuit of higher education.

Here's some advice from a former college student: Visit the college bookstore before your parents leave.

Every college student knows what it's like to walk into the...

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Students to Congress: Don't Double Our Rates

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Earlier this week, the Education and Workforce Committee in the U.S. House held a hearing to purportedly "strengthen" the federal student loan program. Sadly, the proposals put forth by leaders in the hearing do anything but help solve the problem of high cost federal student loans. At best, they would...

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